Tauler Smith’s Valerie Saryan named Top 40 Young Lawyer by NAOWIL

Valerie Saryan has been selected as a Top 40 Young Lawyer in Business Law by the National Alliance of Women in Law.

Saryan’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and she specializes in transactional law, fashion law, and false advertising. Saryan is a graduate of Whittier College School of Law and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tufts University in Massachusetts. She joined Tauler Smith LLP in 2016.

“I am proud to see Ms. Saryan’s hard work get recognized at such an early stage in her career,” said Robert Tauler, of Tauler Smith LLP.

NAOWIL honors the best women lawyers in the country as part of their mission to advance the position of women in the legal profession.

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Nomad Management Loses Key Rulings Against Industry Model Group in Trade Secrets Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit will proceed against Co-founder and Director of Nomad Model Management LA and former employees of Industry Model Group for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition, and that countersuits against Industry will be dismissed, in a series of rulings handed down against Nomad Model Management. A similar judgement also took place in New York City, where Nomad Model Management’s motion to dismiss was denied and Industry Model Group’s cross-motion to discontinue the action without prejudice in order to pursue the California Action was granted.

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Coco Rocha loses modeling agency battle

Coco Rocha has gotten herself caught in the middle of a model war.

The cover girl, who took a management and ownership stake in Nomad Mgmt two years ago, just lost a battle with Federico Pignatelli, the owner of Industry Model Group and Pier59 Studios. Pignatelli sued Nomad after Giovanni Bernardi left Industry’s Los Angeles office after just six months to help create Nomad Los Angeles.

“It is clear that Bernardi only took the position at Industry to obtain trade secrets, confidential information, employees and resources for his own venture,” Pignatelli’s lawyer Robert Tauler wrote in an LA Superior Court suit.

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Doping experts contradict some of Clemson’s theories on drug test results

Medical experts this week cast doubt on some of the theories laid out by Clemson as to how three football players, including star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, tested positive for the banned substance ostarine prior to the College Football Playoff.

In a press conference before the Cotton Bowl last month, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the drug could have come from any source. The players were ruled ineligible for the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl matchup with Notre Dame and the national championship game, which Clemson won in a one-sided victory over Alabama.

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Athletes Falling Victim to Production Contamination

Clemson losing hope that Dexter Lawrence can play vs. Notre Dame: ‘You feel heartbroken for him’

Robert Tauler, a trial lawyer for the Los Angeles firm Tauler Smith, told the Tribune that bits of ostarine can end up in NCAA-approved supplements such as protein powder if factory workers are not careful about product “runoff” or diligent about cleaning machinery.

“We’ve seen it happen a lot,” Tauler said. “Athletes’ careers are in jeopardy, and it’s really a travesty. The concept that they would take (ostarine) and risk everything is ridiculous; the effect is not even close to that of steroids.”

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FDA isn’t alone in targeting male enhancement products laced with drugs

A company selling male enhancement products has devised a strategy to target competing products adulterated with undeclared drugs: sue the retailers that sell them.

Attorney Robert Tauler can relate to the challenges facing FDA in holding accountable distributors of products marketed as dietary supplements but contaminated with undeclared prescription drugs.

His law office, Tauler Smith LLP, has estimated there are 10,000 name variations of similar male enhancement products containing adulterants. They feature such names as Black Mamba Premium, Rhino 8 Platinum 8000 and Stiff Nights.

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Fraud Case Against Puls Technologies Headed to Trial

Multimillion-dollar startup and founder Itai Hirsch alleged to have defrauded early shareholder; plaintiff seeks to subpoena future investors

It is important that early stage employees who are promised equity obtain full discovery of what was told to future investors about them…”

— Attorney Robert Tauler

A San Diego Superior Court judge indicated at a Nov. 30 hearing that subpoenas to investors in Puls Technologies would likely go forward in a case dealing with alleged early stage fraud. The underlying lawsuit accuses Puls Technologies Inc., of San Francisco, and its CEO Itai Hirsch of defrauding an early-stage shareholder out of millions of dollars, equivalent to a 5 percent stake in the company. The court also recently ruled that the lawsuit would go to trial, denying Puls’ and Hirch’s attempt at summary judgment.

Court papers allege that Hirsch was holding secret funding talks with Sequoia CapitaI that were not disclosed to the plaintiff. The fraud claim alleges that the plaintiff was dismissed from the company under false pretenses just weeks before Puls (then known as Cellsavers and based in San Diego) announced $3 million in funding in December 2015, the lawsuit states. Altogether, Puls has now raised over $90 million in funding, with $50 million just this year coming from multiple sources, including Samsung and Temasek, a holding company owned by the government of Singapore — thus dramatically increasing the value of the plaintiff’s stock, according to the claim.

“It is important that early stage employees who are promised equity obtain full discovery of what was told to future investors about them,” said Robert Tauler, the plaintiff’s Los Angeles attorney. “A lot of startups are financed in the shadows, and individuals who claim they are owed equity are entitled to know about all deals that impact their investment.”

According to the lawsuit, Hirsch kept the funding deal under wraps so that he could keep the plaintiff’s promised equity for himself and his new investors, while taking advantage of the plaintiff’s work — which was crucial in justifying the start-up’s valuation. Though a gamble, work-for-stock deals are not an unusual arrangement in the start-up world, with the potential of owning a valuable equity stake in a successful company.

“We are not sure at this time what Plaintiff’s stock is worth today, because valuations in start ups tend to fluctuate,” said Tauler, of Tauler Smith LLP. “Experts will be engaged to make this determination.”

Puls provides in-home repair and installation for electronic devices and smart homes, like a Lyft for technicians. It was recently named one of LinkedIn’s top start-ups to watch.

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Tauler Smith prevails on Summary Judgment against IronMag Labs and Robert DiMaggio

Robert DiMaggio permanently enjoined from selling SARMs

In an eight page Order on Summary Judgment, Judge Manuel Real of the United States District Court for the Central District of California has ruled in favor of firm client Nutrition Distribution, LLC, ordering that Defendants IronMagLabs and Robert DiMaggio be permanently enjoined from selling SARMs.

“[I]t is indisputable that Defendants have made false statements regarding whether products containing Ostarine have side effects” read the Order, because “DiMaggio himself admitted at his deposition that Ostarine does have side effects, and the FDA has identified Ostarine and other SARMs as potentially dangerous to public health and safety.” The Court further found that “common sense requires a finding that statements denying the existence of negative health effects in a fitness product have a tendency to deceive a substantial segment of interested consumers.”

“We are very pleased that the Court has taken a firm stance on the legality of SARMs” said Robert Tauler, counsel of record for Nutrition Distribution, “the Court has put an end to DiMaggio’s sale of SARMs and has effectively ruled that the sale of such products is illegal.”

The Court’s Order ended by clearly stating “Defendants are permanently enjoined from

falsely advertising OSTA RX, Super DMZ 4.0, and other supplements containing Ostarine or other SARMs.”

“We look forward to the next phase, which will include briefing on Plaintiff obtaining an award of attorney’s fees,” said Tauler. “We will also be conducting more discovery into other companies DiMaggio sells SARMs to enforce this Order,” adding “it is important that companies putting profits over consumer safety pay the price.”

Judge: Lawsuits will proceed against retailers accused of selling illicit Viagra pills

SANTA MONICA, CALIF., USA, October 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — A superior court judge has allowed a lawsuit against a group of Santa Monica convenience stores allegedly selling supplements laced with prescription and unapproved drugs to proceed by denying a Chevron gas station’s defense motion to dismiss the case.

The ruling by Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg on Oct. 20 means the owners have 20 days to respond to lawsuits accusing them of engaging in unfair competition and false advertising by selling falsely-labeled “all natural” and “safe” male enhancement pills. The Rhino-brand ingredient labels do not list their inclusion of sildenafil – the active ingredient in Viagra.

The local lawsuits only address the stores’ civil violations, though the sale of prescription drugs by anyone other than a licensed pharmacist is prohibited under state and federal regulatory laws.

“The judge’s decision should make it crystal clear that retailers selling this potentially deadly drug face civil liability for putting people’s lives in danger,” said Robert Tauler, a principal at Tauler Smith LLP, in Los Angeles and a nationally-recognized expert in adulterated health supplements and false advertising law.

Using Viagra without a doctor’s supervision can result in serious penile injuries (blood clots and amputation, for instance,) heart attacks, stroke and vision problems. Men have died after taking Viagra-laced “all natural” erectile dysfunction pills like those identified in the suit.

Tauler represents Houston-based Outlaw Laboratory LP, which makes competing natural products that meet strict FDA dietary supplement regulations. Federal law allows competitors to sue retailers for false advertising if products contain secret ingredients. The products named in the lawsuit do not disclose the presence of hidden drugs such as sildenafil, tadalafil and dapoxetine on their labels.

C. Kerry Fields, University of Southern California business ethics and product liability expert, told the Santa Monica Mirror in June that businesses selling products containing secret ingredients put themselves in serious legal peril. “There may be a good margin selling those products but it’s not worth the risk because they are representing to the public that their goods are safe… Consumers might sue them as well…,” Fields told the Mirror.

 

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Ruling favors Nutrition Distribution in false advertising claim against Pep Research

In the underlying case, which began in 2016, Nutrition Distribution sued its rival under the Lanham Act and later added the claim the company was in the violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

A federal magistrate judge has favored the plaintiff in a discovery dispute over false advertising claims involving two nutrition supplement companies.

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